Originally Posted by Scott
I disagree with the notion that anybody can design a course. Course design takes a special kind of vision and advanced understanding of the game. Whenever possible, multiple designers, or at least consultants should look at each hole to ensure that it can be played a variety of ways (with risk/reward, of course).
Agreed. Plus there's also things to take into account such as safety, flow, long term viability, environmental factors, room for expansion, etc.
There are very few courses in the area that one could legitimately call "well designed." I believe Chuck K. once said something like there are only 2 qualified designers in the entire PNW. Coincidence?